This one verse has engendered some interesting commentary. It is a rather intriguing verse. I mean, is Jacob really telling Naphtali that his tribe will be like a deer that has beautiful offspring?!
What about the "beautiful fawns" part, though? Surely it has some significance, or Jacob wouldn't have bothered to tell us this detail. I wondered if it had some reference to the physical attributes of Naphtali's descendants. Perhaps they would be a generally good-looking bunch!
- The main historical event in which the tribe of Naphtali figured was the defeat of Jabin's (a Canaanite king known for his 20-year long cruelty to the Israelites and his 900 iron chariots) forces by Barak and Deborah, which is detailed in Judges chapters 4 and 5.
- One writer notes that Jesus and his disciples spent much time in this area, and says that the "beautiful words" part of this verse refers to the Gospel going forth from this area. He also notes that many of the disciples of Jesus came from this area. That is very interesting to me, especially in light of these verses from Matthew 4:12-17:
From that time on
Matthew 4:12-17 (NIV)
So far I have been unable to locate any information about examples of people from the tribe of Naphtali being particularly skilled with words. If anyone has any examples or information, please make a comment below. Thanks!